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City budget raises tempers, but not millage rates

July 2, 2003

Albany-- Shouts and angry outbursts broke the typical hum-drum of Thursday's commission meeting, as Albany City Commissioners adopt a new, leaner budget. 

The budget is balanced without a tax hike, but $30,000 in contributions to community help groups was eliminated.

Commissioners David Williams and Arthur Williams voted against it. Arthur Williams yelled it was "the dirtiest budget he has seen in his 20 years on the Commission."

"I don't want to talk about it," said Commissioner Arthur Williams, when asked for a direct comment.

Commissioner David Williams says, "It is really not right. I think the City Council has done some injustice to those agencies."

Mayor Tommy Coleman said, "There are all kinds of mandates coming down from the state that we've got to fund, and things we're required to do, but yet there is no funding source really out there to deal with it. So it's increasingly difficult."

The $76.9 million budget includes a 2.9% reduction in most departments.

But taxes are still going up for Albany and Dougherty County property owners, because the school board raised taxes.

  • Here is the City's Budget Sheet-  

Revenue & Expenditure Recap Fiscal Recap 2003/2004

Audited

Adopted 

Recommended

Description

Actual 2001/2002

2002/2003

2003/2004

Revenue

General & Special Funds:

General Fund

43,925,326

41,284,489

42,323,881

Municipal Auditorium

93,139

95,615

95,378

Albany Civic Center

816,298

1,131,816

1,153,550

Transit System

2,391,646

1,950,858

1,926,027

Public Improvement

2,010,499

476,294

476,294

Sinking Fund

376,970

0

0

Debt Fund

0

2,378,537

2,384,900

Airport Fund

0

990,736

953,831

CAD 911

1.498.607

1.100.000

1,315,940

General & Special Funds

Subtotal:

51,112,485

49,408,345

50,629,801

Enterprise Funds:

Sanitary Sewer Enterprise

7,163,073

12,641,525

12,733,016

Solid Waste Enterprise

6,544,530

6,742,763

6,863,971

Enterprise Funds Subtotal:

13,707,603

19,384,288

19,596,987

Hotel/Motel Fund

0

264,400

289,964

Community & Econ. Dev.

2,832,692

3,605,000

2,981,063

Grant Fund

8,989,304

4,206,760

3,421,685

Total General/Special &

Enterprise Funds:

76,642,084

76,868,793

76,919,500

Expenditure

General & Special Funds:

General Fund

42,459,577

41,284,489

42,323,881

Municipal Auditorium

245,840

95,615

95,378

Albany Civic Center

1,420,627

1,131,816

1,153,550

Transit System

2,263,634

1,950,858

1,926,027

Public Improvement

393,893

476,294

476,294

Sinking Fund

1,646,072

0

0

Debt Fund

0

2,378,537

2,384,900

Airport Fund

0

990,736

953,831

CAD 911

1.227.690

1,100.000

1.315.940

General & Special Funds

Subtotal:

49,657,333

49,408,345

50,629,801

Enterprise Funds:

Sanitary Sewer Enterprise

7,387,924

12,641,525

12,733,016

Solid Waste Enterprise

6,132.367

6,742,763

6,863.971

Enterprise Funds Subtotal:

13,520,291

19,384,288

19,596,987

Hotel/Motel Fund

0

264,400

289,964

Community & Econ. Dev.

3,458,619

3,605,000

2,981,063

Grant Fund

8,464,012

4,206,760

3,421,685

Total General/Special &
Enterprise Funds:

                                                           75,100,255             76,868,793     76,919,500

posted at 3:30PM by dave.miller@walb.com